Small with a Mighty-Funk... coupled with an Incredible Acoustic
The Valco-made Supro "King Kord" Pocket Bass is arguably one of
the coolest basses ever made. It has a big bottom with a huge,
warm, ringing, round tone and is ridiculously easy to play.
The Supro Pocket Bass was only produced in black, with
transparent thumb and finger rests on each side of the body, a
Rosewood fingerboard and trademark white headstock. It features
Kluson tuners, a Valco pick-up in the neck position and a Piezo
pick-up in the bridge.
The history behind these is more about economics than anything
else. They're nothing more than a guitar-sized bass. This model
is actually a Valco made guitar with a different neck and bridge.
As a production strategy, Valco used these dual-purpose bodies to
get more bang for fewer production bucks... Unfortunately, the
production-life of these "Little Beasts" only ran for fewer than
Ex-Bob Dylan sideman, Saturday Night Live bandleader and vintage
guitar collector, G. E. Smith called the Pocket Bass "the BEST
recording bass around."